IPID opens murder dockets over Marikana

2012-08-27 15:58

Johannesburg - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened a murder and attempted murder docket to probe the shooting deaths of 34 people at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

"We are investigating 34 counts of murder," IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

Another 32 counts of attempted murder were being investigated.

"This number will change... We would only add more counts as people come forward and say they were injured, or if we ascertain that they were injured."

The figure of 32 was last updated a day after the August 16 shooting.

The police ministry said 34 people were killed and 78 injured when police officers tried to disperse strikers.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements. Workers also wanted higher wages.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-27 16:17

    The police are being pursued more rigorously for maintaining the law (in this case) that the miners for breaking the law out of criminality!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-27 16:23


  • jurie.nel.3 - 2012-08-27 16:23

    Yes Shelley - there seems to be a sick, unthinking bandwagon mentality afoot. However the situation developed (and how and why that situation developed certainly is a subject for analysis and interpretation) to the point that the undeniable fact was that the police were charged by an aggressive armed mob of ten times their numerical strength. The police decision was simple - kill or be killed. And can you imagine the consequences if the police position had been overrun? An alternative, in the words of the late John Vorster, "too ghastly to contemplate - with 300 hacked to death! I wonder what the official reaction would have been then?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-27 16:25

    This is all smoke and mirrors to save a red faced ruling party!Why is it that such in depth investigations are ordered for strikers but not the thousands killed needlessly in S.A.?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-27 16:28

      Deflecting the fact that the mine is owned by a connected fatcat of the new elite and his cronies.

  • ofentse.thole - 2012-08-27 16:30

    IPID attempted Murder & Murder cases for what?!!! please go read the national fire arm act finish and klaar

  • SharonE - 2012-08-27 16:33

    Unbelievable!! Who exactly is running this circus? If this is true, then the police can just as well close up shop and go home. They have now officially lost all credibility. What a sad day for all in South Africa. The situation has spiralled out of control, and everyone has lost. There are no winners.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-27 16:41

      After watching a CNN news piece-it seems they sre now blaming the acting police minister for not knowing the law,giving permission for live amo. There always has to be a fall guy to bail government out,this time it will probably end up being the police!

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